Rich Hill (2-0, 1.17 ERA) takes the mound for the Boston Red Sox (78-80) as they go up against CC Sabathia (5-10, 4.82 ERA) and the New York Yankees (86-72) in the last of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox won the last game 9-5, extending a six-game winning streak. Boston can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 1 and will air on YES, NESN and ESP2.
In his last start, Sabathia pitched 6.2 innings, allowing four runs, striking out three and walking two in a 5-2 loss to the White Sox. Alex Rodriguez (.252, 83 Rs, 33 HRs, 86 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Red Sox were victorious over the Orioles 7-0 the last time Hill pitched. He went 9.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out 10 and walking one. David Ortiz (.272, 72 Rs, 36 HRs, 105 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Red Sox, going 2 for 2 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. Against teams in the AL East, the Yankees have a SU record of 37-35. The Yankees come into the game with the second-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.8 runs per game. The Yankees rank third in the majors in extra base hits with 492. The Yankees typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.4 walks per home game.
Against divisional rivals, the Red Sox are 35-40 SU. The Red Sox are known for their bats, hitting 484 extra base hits. Boston has an eye for the strike zone on the road, ranking 3.0 in the AL with fifth walks per game. Boston's pitching staff has allowed an average of 3.2 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 4.7.
The Yankees have gotten the best of the Red Sox in head-to-head matchups this season, going 10-8. This game will feature Hill (LHP) on the mound against the Yankees, who have a 26-22 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Red Sox will be the left-hander Sabathia. They sport a 21-23 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 9 games.
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Boston's last 22 games on the road.
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
Boston is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Yankees.
Boston is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees.
The Yankees hold a 37-35 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Red Sox's record in these matchups is 35-40.
The Yankees are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Red Sox have a 32-41 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
The Red Sox are coming into the game with six consecutive wins, while the Yankees currently have a losing streak of three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Red Sox are 63-9. The Yankees have a 57-8 record when outhitting opponents.
New York and Boston both rank in the top five of the league in runs. New York sits at second with 751 runs this season and Boston ranks third with 744.
Ranking 14th, Boston is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 466 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fourth with 537.
When the Yankees hit at least one home run, they are 74-43. When the Red Sox hit at least one homer, they have a 59-44 record.